Here are 5 Things Nobody Told You About International Ethiopian Adoption. I thought adopting through the foster care system was hard. Although, international adoption has taken the cake. It has been one of the hardest things to deal with throughout this adoption process. In reality, it isn’t for the faint-hearted. Here are some things to note. For one thing, is that you have to put your life on hold for your precious little one.
Also, paperwork snafus happen, delays happen, lack of communication or miscommunication happens. In spite of it all, there isn’t a single day that I don’t think of my son. Furthermore, I wonder how he is or if he’s been hugged today. I found myself getting angry. Why won’t you hurry up, what do you mean you need *more* paperwork, why isn’t this in the country, why don’t you call me back? I can’t buy that extra gallon of milk because I can use that money towards the adoption.
As a wise woman told me (she’s an elderly lady LOL, love to you, T), adoption isn’t necessarily about providing a child with a home. It is more about it sanctifying us. All things happen for a reason, and God’s hand is all over my son. During this lovely adoption miscommunication and all the other little delays, God has this situation. All things work together for good and to give Him honor and praise. I do not want the glory of adoption, I want my Lord to have it all.
All the time, I hear people say how impressed they are and how I’m saving a life. I didn’t save a life…God chose my family and me to bless our home through adoption, and HE saved our lives. This was His choice, not necessarily mine. I’m merely being obedient, and I’m learning how to be patient. That is a hard lesson to learn, for me. I’m not the most patient person in the world.
For now, I have my pictures, I have a video, I have my thoughts, and I have tons of prayers. I’m willing to answer (or find the answer) to any adoption question you might have. I’ve adopted through our foster care system, and now I’m adopting internationally. Sincerely pray and ask God how He might use you and your family. Your job is to be obedient to His call. The rest, He will take care of. You will be in awe of how He works things out!